Australian Open: Sania, Bopanna Advance To Second Round

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Women’s doubles top seeded pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis began their Australian Open campaign in style. On the other hand, Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea disappointed the home fans by defeating Omar Jasika and Nick Kyrgios of Australia to make way to the second round.

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Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza

Mirza, Bopanna dominate in first round of Australian Open

Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis began their grandslam campaign in 2016 exactly where they left in 2015. The pair thrashed Mariana Duque-Marino and Teliana Pereira in straight sets 6-2, 6-3 in a match that lasted just over an hour. Despite the overwhelming win, Mirza-Hingis pair did not seem sharp enough on the court as they gave away points through 17 unforced errors equal to the number of unforced errors played by their opponents.

Bopanna-Mergea had the whole crowd against them playing the Australian pair. Jasika and Kyrgios did their best and the home support kept pushing them to outperform the Indo-Romanian pair. But they proved to be too strong for the Aussies. Bopanna-Mergea managed to win in straight sets 7-5, 6-3.

Murray, Wawrinka cruise to third round

Andy Murray completely overpowered his Australian counterpart Sam Groth in the second round of Australian Open men’s singles. Murray white-washed Groth in the first set 6-0, the home-boy put up a fight in the second set but it was no-match for second seed Andy Murray. He went on to win in straight sets 6-0, 6-4, 6-1.

Stan Wawrinka on the other hand defeated Radek Stepanek in straight sets 6-2, 6-3, 6-4. But the biggest disappointment in the men’s singles came when former world no.1 and Australian Lleyton Hewitt was knocked out in the second round of men’s singles by David Ferrer in a hard-fought match between the two. The score-line 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 does not rightly represent the tenacity of the game. Though Ferrer won it in straight sets, it was a long-drawn battle lasting over two and a half hours.




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